The road to St Johann
Last weekend I had the privilege of speaking at a conference in St Johann im Pongau, south of Salzburg in Austria. I had been there two years previously but on this occasion I had a couple of extra days in which to spend time with friends and take the camera for a walk!
Having stayed with friends in Munich overnight, we travelled together the next day. They very kindly took me the (even more) scenic route through the mountains to our destination.
I took this first photo through the car windscreen as the mountains rose to greet us.
It was the most beautiful day for the journey with a Baverian sky (blue and white) that accompanied us to the (invisible) border to be replaced by an Austrian sky of the same colours.
Part of the fun of the drive were the tunnels and I couldn't resist experimenting.
One of my memories from my previous visit concerned the remarkable green of the glacial water that flows down its rivers. It was explained to me that the grinding action of the glaciers produces 'rock flour' (minute pieces of rock and minerals) which refract the green spectrum of the sun's light. So at the first sign of such a river we stopped. This time I didn't shoot through the windscreen! It was challenging nonetheless as the sun was still strong and I was shooting into it. Some flare was unavoidable.
Our route took us through the picturesque village of Lofer. Here is one of the 'grab' shots I made as there was no time to hang about. What a setting!
Just beyond Lofer we came across a small, dark barn. I was very taken with its colour, isolation and the dramatic landscape behind it.
As we turned away from the sun to climb the Hochkonig, the landscape became more and more picture postcard under an almost impossibly blue sky. I particularly liked the splash of colour of the logs under its blanket of snow.
Finally we descended into the valley and our destination of St Johann.
So many thanks to Michael and Jennifer and their four beautiful girls for a memorable trip.
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